September 5, 2005

Secret Garden Snippet - Dayve Stewart

Readers of Denis Poole’s Secret Garden will know it’s the place to go for a British perspective on all that’s good, and not so good, in the world of smooth jazz and classic soul. In order to bring you more of the news more of the time this latest Secret Garden Snippet delivers another current sound bite from the adult contemporary scene. Some artists have to pay their dues on the road and in the studio before finally getting the chance to cut their debut CD but Florida based saxophonist Dayve Stewart has taken the fast track and come up with a winner. Feel Me is an astonishingly well constructed release from someone still only 21 year of age. The soulful thirty eight second introduction and a kicking closing number both in vocal and instrumental form sandwich seven more classy tracks all but two of which have been composed by Stewart himself.

DayveStewart.jpgDayve is involved in every aspect of Feel Me. As well as playing virtuoso sax throughout he produces, mixes and variously performs on keyboards, percussion, bass and strings. The result is so polished that the entire piece of work stands out like a shiny new apple.

The whole album is generously endowed with top notch playing, most notable in the groove driven mid tempo chunk of smooth sax that is ‘Love @ First Sight’ and the equally silky smooth ‘Lay Back And Chill’ where Stewart achieves a vibe that makes the sentiment of the title a given. ‘Do The Dayve Clap’ is an up tempo tune that is sure to play well in a live setting but perhaps he is found at his best with ‘Give Thanks’ where given the chance to turn it down and get romantic he does it so very well. That said another real stand out is ‘Oprah’, held down by a strong and solid beat, it has an infectious hook and is brim full of melody.

A former student of the Howard W Blake High School for The Performing Arts in Tampa, Dayve is a current member of both the FSU Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combo and is working toward a Commercial Music degree with a minor in Business at Florida State. With a style that has already been compared to both Grover Washington Jr and Kirk Whalum, and a record of the caliber of Feel Me under his belt, with or without his education he is on an express route to stardom.

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Posted by Denis Poole at September 5, 2005 12:16 PM